First Wednesday: Bill Champlin: Mill Valley Music & Then Some!

Wednesday, November 4th |7:30pm

1st Wed Nov 2015Join us for a wonderful evening of history, stories and music with Bill Champlin. Singer, guitarist, keyboard player, arranger, producer, songwriter and Mill Valley native Bill Champlin will talk about his early days growing up in Mill Valley and the local roots that contributed to his musical development.
The Opposite Six, Champlin’s first band, was founded during his time at Tamalpais High School and included other Mill Valley natives who later had musical careers of their own. Bill’s second band – The Sons of Champlin – along with other local bands of the time – placed the Bay Area in the forefront of the rock and roll scene in the late 1960s. After 28 years with the band Chicago, Champlin parted ways to focus once again on his solo career.
Bill has performed with many top artists including Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. In 1978 he released “Single”, his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing “After the Love is Gone”, which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Over the expanse of a long successful career Champlin has written or sung over 400 songs and has been the recipient of several music awards including two Grammies.  Nonetheless, Bill says his most cherished award is his Millie, given to him by the city of Mill Valley in 2010.

Registration recommended. Click here to register(If registration for this event is full, you will not be able to register. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event. We will accommodate non-registered patrons as space is available. )

August 2015 First Wednesday Program – History of Tamalpais Valley

Tam Valley brochure cover-2Presented by Lissa McKee
Lissa McKeeA fifth generation Californian with an MA in History, I have worked for 35 years as an environmental planner and public historian.  I have lived in Tamalpais Valley since 1991.  Thanks to the input from various neighbors, acquaintances and local historians as well as investigations of archival material I will present an overview of the varied layers of Tamalpais Valley history, from Miwok homeland to  hunting preserve, cattle range, dairy ranch, real estate development, and neighbor to the Golden gate recreation Area. [click photos to enlarge] Click HERE for event details.
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The March 2015 MVHS First Wednesday Presentation Report

Paul Liberatore - 1The March 2015 Mill Valley Historical Society First Wednesday presentation featured Paul Liberatore. Paul was joined by musician and Mill Valley resident Jimmy Dillon.

Liberatore has worked at the Marin Independent Journal since 1989 and been on the pulse of local and national cultural events. In addition to writing features and columns about the arts, he is considered the foremost historian on Marin County rock ‘n’ roll and pop music history and been among the leaders of a movement to create a museum that honors Marin’s musical contributions. As a guitarist and singer, Liberatore fronted his own band, the Liberators, for many years and performed at the Marin County Fair several times.

Jimmy Dillon is a highly accomplished guitarist who has worked with many of the top names in the music business. He is also a music teacher and started the Blue Star music camp to reach out to a greater number of budding musicians.

Together, Paul and Jimmy charted the evolution of rock music in Mill Valley and beyond in the greater Bay Area. The also played some fantastic music together at the end of the presentation.